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Girl With a Pearl Earring

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Original title
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Running time
96 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Olivia Hetreed
Alexandre Desplat
Eduardo Serra
Archer Street Limited, Delux Productions, Pathé Pictures International, Film Fund Luxembourg, Wild Bear Films, UK Film Council
Drama | 17th Century. Painting
Synopsis / Plot
Delft, Holland, 1665. After her father is blinded in an explosion, 17-year-old Griet (Scarlett Johansson) must work to support her family. She becomes a maid in the home of Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth) and gradually attracts the master painter’s attention. Though worlds apart in upbringing, education and social standing, Vermeer recognizes Griet’s intuitive understanding of color and light and slowly draws her into the mysterious world of his paintings. Vermeer is a perfectionist, often taking months to finish a painting. His shrewish mother-in-law struggles to maintain the family’s lavish lifestyle on the income from his meagre output. Seeing that Griet inspires Vermeer, she takes the dangerous decision to allow their clandestine relationship to develop.
Griet also contends with the attentions of Vermeer’s patron, the wealthy and lascivious Master van Ruijven, who is frustrated that his money does not buy him control over the artist. While Griet falls increasingly under Vermeer’s spell, she cannot be sure of his feelings for her. The Machiavellian van Ruijven, sensing the intimacy between master and maid, gleefully contrives a commission for Vermeer to paint Griet alone. The result will be one of the greatest paintings ever created, but at what cost?
2003: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Art Direction
2003: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best OST, Actress Drama (Scarlett Johansson)
2003: 10 Nominations for BAFTA, including Best British Film and Actress (Johansson)
2003: Nominated for Goya: Best European Movie
2003: Nominated for David of Donatello: Best European Movie
2003: National Board of Review: Special Recognition
2003: San Sebastian: Best Cinematography
2003: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography & New Generation Award
2003: Chicago Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Cinematography
2004: European Film Awards: Best Cinematography. 3 Nominations
2004: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): 2 Nom. inc. Best Actress (Johansson)
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